big jones

March 27, 2009 at 10:49 am 3 comments

After watching 5347 N. Clark slowly get rehabbed week after week  and month after month, a new restaurant was opened on nearby Clark Street.  The sign out front reads:


Big Jones features coastal southern cuisine, which is a nice addition to the already numerous variety of eateries in Andersonville.  Still, we had passed it by time after time.  Last week, we were ready to go out for dinner to meet an old friend visiting from out of town when, at the last moment, he had to bail on us.  So we forced ourselves to a new place and Big Jones is where we ended up.  Big Jones’ curb appeal is a bit like a store front, which had probably kept us from ever stepping foot inside before.  However, once inside, the interior was quite nice with warm lighting, interesting artwork, and wrought iron chairs and accents.

The night we were there happened to be $5 margarita night, so I tried the desert pear and Lauren tried the house rita.  If you like your drinks sweet – like they do their tea in the South – then I recommend the pear.  Overall, the dinner menu had a good variety of options with plenty for all appetites from munchies to feasting.  While waiting on our food, we each had a warm cornbread muffin with creamy honey butter.  For my dinner, I decided to stick with a standard – their Gumbo Ya-Ya.  This dish is served with little bowls of filé powder and pickled serrano chilies, to spice it up to your liking.  In comparison to my prior gumbo experience, this one was really thick with the brown roux.  The chicken was very tender and not dried out, and I loved the spice.  Beware – bring your serious appetite for the dinner portion of the Gumbo.

Gumbo Ya Ya with Chicken, Andouille, and trinity in a traditional dark roux, and popcorn rice $12.

Gumbo Ya Ya with Chicken, Andouille, and trinity in a traditional dark roux, and popcorn rice $12.

Lauren chose the Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich with a side of handmade fried okra.  It was quite hefty as well, which allowed me to have a few helpful bites.  The meat was really juicy with a nice crisp slaw on top and a tasty side of green goddess sauce.  The fried okra was better then almost any I’ve had – crispy and not greasy.

Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich on Homestyle roll with Niman Ranch pasture-raised pork shoulder, west Carolina-style sauce, chow-chow slaw  $12

Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich on Homestyle roll with Niman Ranch pasture-raised pork shoulder, west Carolina-style sauce, chow-chow slaw $12

All in all, with such good menu options, I know we’ll be back.  Lauren is looking forward to trying their fried green tomato BLT.  Or, perhaps we’ll try out some brunch or stop in for tea time when my folks are in town.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Emily  |  April 4, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    mmmmmmm … fried okra …

  • 2. MegaGood  |  April 7, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    You will have to try their breakfast. You have to bring your appetite though. It’s pretty heavy.

    I wonder what it is about the curb appeal that made me pass by it many times as well? I did the same thing to Tomboy, but enjoyed both of these spots once inside.

    Do you know if Tomboy is gone for good?

    • 3. syockel  |  April 7, 2009 at 4:59 pm

      Definitely have go get some good ol’ Southern grits there sometime.

      A few weeks ago the demolition dumpster was removed outside of Tomboy, so I guess they are through gutting the place. And from a little comment reading on Yelp I found this:

      “After 11 years of anchoring Andersonville, the idiosyncratic Tomboy (5402 N. Clark St.; 773-907-0636) is getting out while the getting’s good. Tomboy’s neighbor “Hamburger Mary’s [5400 N. Clark St.; 773-784-6969] is expanding,” says Stacy Malow-Williams, a partner at Tomboy, which closed on December 21st. “I have an eight-month-old baby at home and we got an offer we could not refuse. It’s the perfect opportunity.” Ashley Wright, a partner at Hamburger Mary’s Chicago franchise, says his restaurant will double its seating capacity when the new space opens in the spring. “It will be mostly high-topped tables,” says Wright, who promises the same menu. “I hate the term ‘sports bar’ but it will have more of that feel. It’s not going to be just a bar. It will [still] be Hamburger Mary’s.” ”

      So Mary’s is making a larger bar/lounge area it seems.


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